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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Week in Review - The Saturday Evening Post

Good evening from Maine. This week's week-in-review post is being written late because it was so nice outside today that I just had to spend the day outside with my dogs. It felt like spring outside and since my dogs were at the kennel (a great facility, but not the same as home) most of the week as I presented at the NCTIES and MSLA conferences, I felt like I owed it to them to get them outside as much as possible. If you're reading this on Saturday night, don't forget to change your clocks before going to bed.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Five Ways to Create Word Clouds
2. Four Good Alternatives to Clicker Systems
3. Awesome Android Apps for Students and Teachers
4. 5 Apps and Sites for Creating Animations
5. WWF Together - A Beautiful iPad App About Endangered Animals
6. StatWorld - Interactive Maps of Development Data
7. How to Use Pixabay to Find Free Images

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Short Video Lessons About Daylight Saving Time

I'll be going to bed soon, but before my head hits my pillow I will be moving my clock ahead one hour. Many of you will be doing the same because daylight saving time starts tomorrow. Here are four videos explaining the history of daylight saving time and why not everyone uses it.











And though it's not about daylight saving time, this TED-Ed lesson about the standardization of timezones is good.

Screenhero Makes Almost Any Application Collaborative

Screenhero is a new screen sharing service that offers something that I don't recall seeing in any of the other screen sharing services I've tried over the years. Screenhero offers the option for both parties (the sharer and the sharee) to use their mice to control an application. For example, I can share my screen with you and allow you to move things on my screen. Likewise, I can move things around on your screen. By sharing our screens through Screenhero any desktop application becomes a collaborative application. Watch the one minute video below to see how Screenhero works.

Applications for Education
The free version of Screenhero allows you to share your screen with one other person at a time. My first thought when looking at Screenhero is that it could be great for providing tech help remotely. I also think that Screenhero could be a good tool for students to use when they're using an application like Garage Band that is not collaborative for a collaborative project. By sharing their screens through Screenhero both students will be able to access and work on the same files.

H/T to Lifehacker

Create a Text Message Exchange Between Fictional Characters

The ever clever Russel Tarr has developed a new neat tool for creating fictional text message exchanges between fictional and or historical characters. The Classtools SMS Generator is free to use and does not require students to log-in. To use the SMS Generator just click the left speech bubble icon and enter a message. Then to create a reply just click the right speech bubble icon and enter a new message. You can make the exchange as long as you like. To share the conversation click the sprocket icon and grab the embed code, direct link, or QR code for the exchange.


Applications for Education
You could have students use the Classtools SMS Generator to create simple conversations between historical characters as way to get them to think about those peoples' lives and the conversations that they might have had.

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